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Graves presses DHS to enforce visa laws

U.S. Rep. Sam Graves has introduced legislation forcing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to deport illegal immigrants living in America on expired visas. H.R. 4726, the Preventing Illegal Visa Overstays Act, will withhold pay for the Secretary of DHS until the Department enforces standing visa laws.

“This week we tragically saw what can happen when we fail to enforce immigration laws,” Rep. Graves said. “There are 12 million

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Capitol Perspectives: From Chaos to Order in Missouri’s Legislature

CapitolPerspectives_WPby Phill Brooks

In the first two months of Missouri’s General Assembly, there are signs of a return to a more orderly process in how lawmakers do their business.

There is an obvious change in the pattern of recent years for an increasing disregard of rules designed to assure an organized and predictable procedure. For example, the formal list of bills before each chamber, which are supposed to be considered

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Teacher for a day

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

A few weeks ago, I was able to visit Stanberry High School and honor them for their 8-man football state championship. While I was there, I was asked to guest-teach a couple of high school government classes.

To illustrate how a bill becomes a law, I assigned a portion of the students to be the House and a smaller portion to be the Senate. I

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Capitol Perspectives: Punting the football in government

CapitolPerspectives_WPby Phill Brooks

The efforts by some Republicans to put off filling the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court has a fascinating similarity with Missouri.
Within hours of the reported death of Justice Anthony Scalia, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to punt the selection of Scalia’s successor to President Barack Obama’s successor.

McConnell, of course, is hoping for a Republican presidential victory in November.

But if he succeeds

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Helping foster children

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

There are more than 13,000 children in Missouri’s foster care system. Each of these children faces unique challenges and difficulties hard for most of us to understand or even imagine. I believe that as a state, we have a duty to give those kids in our system the ability to have, as much as can be, a normalized childhood and be involved in the discussions

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Local students participate in legislative shadowing project

web_school winston fccla Ashley Gadberry and Gillian HeldenbrandAshley Gadberry and Gillian Heldenbrand, both juniors at Winston R-6, participated in the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Legislative Shadowing Project on Feb. 11, 2016.  Jody Yuille is the local chapter advisor and accompanied the students to the Capital City.  Sponsored by the Missouri Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), the program provides an opportunity for junior and senior high school students to spend the

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Celebrating Great Northwest Day

by State Sen. Dan Hegeman

This past week, I was proud to join the legislators from our region in hosting the 15th Annual Great Northwest Day, a long-standing event in which local officials, business owners and community leaders from northwest Missouri descend on the Capitol.

It was great to see so many folks from the district make the long trek to Jefferson City. This event has truly become one

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Two House bills advancing now

by State Rep. J. Eggleston

I want to tell you about two of the bills that we moved through the House this week, and talk about a wonderful event called The Great Northwest Days. The first bill is HB1366 (Hubrecht-R), which allows pharmacists to make generic substitutions for biologic based medicines.

We all know generic medicines are just as effective as the brand name meds, but much less expensive. In

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Capitol Perspectives: Tyrannosaurus Rex of state politics

by Phill Brooks

The current legislative rush to push through an ethics package relates to an article I read this fall. “The Tyrannosaurus Rex of State Politics” was published by the respected national magazine “Governing” that focuses on state and local government.

“Rex” refers to wealthy Missouri financier Rex Sinquefield who has dumped millions of dollars into Missouri political campaigns.

This campaign season he’s given about $1 million to a

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